Lions make Bulls work for win

2010-07-31 19:25

Johannesburg - The Blue Bulls stayed in touch with the leaders on the Absa Currie Cup log when they beat the Lions 32-18 at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday night.

The scoreline might suggest that it was an easy win for the defending champions, but two tries apiece and the narrow 16-15 lead at halftime to the Bulls tell the story of a tough, uncompromising match that at times flared up a little.

The Lions were good up front and did their bit in both the lineouts and the scrums. They also turned over a number of the Blue Bulls breakdowns, especially in the first half.

John Mitchell has done wonders with their defence as the Lions again held one of the big guns in the competition to only two tries.

The Lions impressed with good handling behind the scrum and some scintillating runs by their threequarters, and teenager Elton Jantjies at flyhalf had much to do with that in his first start in the Currie Cup competition.

Some poor discipline under pressure by the Lions after halftime gave the Blue Bulls the confidence and the leeway they sought and they took the score to 25-15 courtesy of three penalties by Jacques-Louis Potgieter who eventually scored 27 points, including one of his side's two tries.

The Blue Bulls started off the game with their proven game of driving it up from the rucks but squandered their opportunities with poor ball control and insecure handling. But they were undoubtedly in command and deservedly went up 3-0 after nine minutes through a Jacques-Louis Potgieter penalty.

But then the new-look Lions backline struck with a well-constructed try by wing Deon van Rensburg following some outstanding handling. Jantjies brought nip into the move with a quick pass and another teenager Jaco Taute ran well to off-load at the perfect moment.

They repeated the dose barely two minutes later without the resultant try, but it was clear: these backs can and want to play. They emphasised that three more times in the first half, with the forwards also joining in on two occasions. It is obvious that this Lions side, which combines youth and experience, is moving forward.

The Lions' second try was also a beauty. This time No 8 Warren Whiteley rounded off under the posts after three good off-loads under pressure by forwards. The conversion put them 15-13 to the good five minutes before halftime after the Blue Bulls speedster Gerhard van den Heever had earlier scored a good try following a ruck and good hands by John Mametsa.

It was a little tough on the Lions that they conceded a penalty on the halftime whistle to give the Blue Bulls a narrow and somewhat fortuitous 16-15 lead at the break.

The Blue Bulls came back after halftime and the impression that the Lions would wilt after the break initially seemed to be correct as their discipline and resolve let in two penalties to let the Blue Bulls go ahead to 22-15.

But then the Lions came back again, running from their own quarter. Again it was Jantjies who sparked it and gave them that extra yard with snappy handling. But another ruck penalty took the score to 25-15 before Jantjies pulled one back to make it 25-18 with 24 minutes remaining.

The Lions scrum which had held its own then pushed the unsettled Blue Bulls metres just after the replacement of prop Jaco Engels and Gary Botha with Werner Kruger moving to the loosehead. But the Blue Bulls, still employing the proven and effective but unexciting tactic of cutting inside behind the scrum or driving with their forwards from rucks, started taking control.

It paid dividends when Potgieter went over after a sustained retention of the ball for a good team try, and with his conversion good it was 32-18.


Xerox Lions:
Tries: Deon van Rensburg, Warren Whiteley.
Conversions: Elton Jantjies:
Penalties:: Jantjies (2)

Blue Bulls:
Tries: Gerhard van den Heever, Jacques-Louis Potgieter.
Conversions: Potgieter (2).
Penalties: Potgieter (6)


  • Blue Jake - 2010-07-31 19:36

    Write this Blue Bull team off at your peril. Watch out for Jantjies and Taute.

  • Jan - 2010-07-31 19:41

    In my generasie gaan die Bulle nie sommer verloor nie, ai dis lekker.

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-07-31 20:14

    They were VERY lucky to win this one, but we are waiting for them on 14 August 2010, NEWLANDS , CAPE TOWN!!!!!! WP groete!!

  • @Jan and Blue Jake - 2010-07-31 20:42

    Die woord rugby maak my naar op hierdie stadium. Blou Bul en Springbok ondersteuner. Kan julle belowe dat die Bokke ook nie afgeskryf moet word nie?

  • The Shark - 2010-07-31 22:09

    I'm looking forward to seeing Shark-louis Potgieter in black and white for next years Super 15. :-) Its just a pity Ruan Pienaar is leaving. Having the 2 of them as a 9/10 combination could've been quite impressive.

  • mike - 2010-07-31 23:51

    Good game, pleasure to watch. Both these sides have great backlines. Doppies really should get a Bok cap sometime, his offloads and defense are brilliant, think we see why Jaques looked a better player at the Lions then at WeePee.. Bulls doing the job, teams getting better every week.

  • Huh! - 2010-08-01 00:17

    Shame I suppose after being bashed up by the Cheetahs and then by the Sharks they should be very happy win a win over a useless Lions team! Shame, the Kings will beat this Lions team as well! WP will take this BB poefters apart!

  • Only rugby expert alive - 2010-08-01 02:03

    Ou Balsak let me remind you. The curry cup is won in October. Not in August. Just remember the S14 final and you will come back to reality. The stormer boks did nothing in the test's. Louw, January, Burger they all stank up the joint. I would be very worried if I was you. When last did your side win the koppie. Dont worry I dont remember either

  • Terry - 2010-08-01 03:37

    why so much praise for this Lions team?A team that has lost over 30 matches in less than 2 years!!!! A year ago the press was also singing the praises for the Lions team under Hans Coetzee..has anything improved since then??? this team is crap and will finish 6th with a lot of luck!!!

  • Jakes - 2010-08-01 06:11

    Well done Lions, from a Bulls supporter. It amazes me what a good coach can do in such a short time. See why we are worried about the Boks?

  • LoudMouth - 2010-08-01 08:25

    I hope that Flip v/d merwe gets suspended for the rest of the year, BULLE SE GAT

  • Chris du Plessis - 2010-08-01 08:54

    Nee kyk dit was sommer baie beter en as hulle so begin speel dan gaan die Leeus baie spane pak gee en met die verdedeging is dit somer leker om te sien dat hulle die man se voete weg vat dan het die flanke en agstemane hulle goed van hulle take met goie spel gewys en die voorry en slote was baie goed dit is nog net die disepliene wat nog moet reg kom dan gaan die Kaap regtig hollands wees .En John Mitchel is op die regte pad ons moet hom somer ook kry vir die BOKKE dit is wat ek dink.

  • GW - 2010-08-01 11:29

    Flip Van Der Merwe just came off the production line for VEIL GAT spel produced by the School in lekker Pretoria. When will the bulls ever get it right to stop playing dirty? he should have been sent off for the cheap shot in the scrum on #2 and then for that lazy hook at #2. The Lions were great on the day and will get better.

  • peebo - 2010-08-01 13:47

    Lions were robbed by the reff - as a Province supporter I was able to observe with an unbiased eye the amount of 50/50 decisions going the way of the Bulls.Also the position of awarded penalties were way too much of a coincidence. Well done Lions, you have a good crop of youngsters to work with - shouldn't be too despondant with the result - a fair reff and the game could easily have gone the other way.

  • Gerhard @ Balsak - 2010-08-01 14:52

    Yes, we can also not wait to see the Bulls kick some WP ass. It's going to be a craker of a game!!! Mayy the best team Win (again)...

  • Chris - 2010-08-01 16:07

    Marias Jonker strikes again when will this referee be kicked out of the panel he is useless was in the Super 14 and again yesterday SARFU please get rid of him

  • @Jan - 2010-08-01 22:27

    So waar was jy die laaste 2 weke jou kanaalbarber?Daai afdeling vd tronk nie TV nie?WEEREENS skelm refs wat die vuilg@t kommin BB help.Wanneer gaan dit ophou?@"Only rugby expert alive" as jy sulke k@k kan uitdink vir n naam dan kan jy seker die k@k glo wat jy skryf ook.Wat het "skuins inni Cortina"Steyn (waar is my maatjie FDP) Steyn,"help ek bloei"Skouponie Spies.Chill,"kyk ek is nou onder die top10 hakers in die Land",Vuilg@t Bakkies "sorry ek was net op Tech maar steeds n moerse christen ek sê" Botha,"daar het n cracker in my g@t ontplof nou kyk nou my hairstyle"Kirchner,poeftergirlie Olivier en Victor,the Mummy,Matfield beteken in die Bok games.Gaan speel met jou kinders se karretjies in jou agterplaas man terwyl die posman daai ou bosparra van jou uitsort vir broodgeld,

  • Blue Jake - 2010-08-02 06:37

    @peebo. Were you bliksemed into an ignorent state or is it hereditory? No WP supporter has ever watched a Bulls game unbiased.

  • StuartW - 2010-08-02 08:22

    @ Peebo, sorry mate, but the Lions were their own downfall again.... @ Blue Jake, nou veralgemeen jy darem maar erg...nie almal van ons WP ondersteuners is soos BALSAK nie. Kom ons wees nou ernstig, die Leeus het goed gespeel, maar weereens was dit hul dissipliene wat hulle teleurgestel het. Weet iemand of ou Flip gesight is vir daardie vuishou?

  • Juan (WP supporters raak nou pateties) - 2010-08-02 08:34

    Swak om te sien dat rugby nie meer wardeer word nie. As 'n blou bul ondersteuner geniet ek nogsteeds talent van ander unies. Julle nagatiewe comments is ligweg pateties, julle voorbeeld wat gestel word vir die jeug is pateties en 'n goeie rede hoekom die volk (all rasse) sy g@t sien. Iets om in gedagte te hou: Bloubul spelers uit die span --> Steenkamp / Bakkies (moan so veel as wat jy wil) / Matfield / Spies / Potgieter / Du Preez / Steyn / Olivier / Kirsner / en nog n paar wat ek seker uitlos. Dit is vrek baie ondervinding uit die span. So vergelyk dit met amper geen veranderinge in die Lions, Cheetah spanne. Maak julle oe oop man. En ja, ek dink die WP staan n baie goeie kans om die beker te wen die jaar en dalk ook n goeie ding vir WP rugby na al die jare van droogte. (Selfde het maar met die bulle gebeur n paar jare terug) So nou kan al die WP manne hulle broekies nat maak.........

  • Blue Jake - 2010-08-02 08:44

    Sorry StuartW.

  • Dronkie - 2010-08-02 09:21

    John Mitchell - Bravo !!!

  • Some WP supporters need to grow up - 2010-08-02 10:53

    Reply to post at 8/1/2010 10:27 PM. Dja nè my bra, ek sê mos dis so lekka da onner innie Kaap sonner 'n donnerse trofeetjie die laaste ag jaar nè! Nee wat onse ou spannetjie vat nou al so lank om reg te kom dat al my se kinners almal al groot is. Maar hulle bly nog steeds innie huis want dis mos net ekke wat vir hulle kan sorg met die papsak wyntjie ek sê. Djy weet mos, dis nie so erg nie, want ek hoef nie vir hulle se dental te betaal nie, want al hulle se tanne het mos nou al uitgeval. Dis net so bietjie erg nou, want die polissie is op my spoor en nou kan ekke mos nie meer my se tik van my se huis af verkoop aan die tieners innie neighbourhood nie. Maar moenie worrie oor my nie man, want my se twee dogtertjies help so bietjie uit. Hulle werk daai night shift djy weet mos! Oorie rugby dja, djy weet jong elke keer as ons teen daai Bulle speel bek@k ons onse self mos so groot. Daai manne weet van rugby. Baie trofees djy weet mos! Nou dja, die weer is al weer k@k vandag en die donnerse see is altyd te koud om in te swem. My se ma bly nog steeds innie huis, of lat ek dit reg stel, ek bly nog steeds by my se ma. Nou sy vertel my ek moet maar die tik da bo innie Gauteng gaan verkoop want die geld die is beter da bo, djy weet mos. Heita, die winkel ommie hoek maak nou nou toe, ek moet my se bra se kleintjie stuur om nog papsak te gaan koop. Later my se pêl, lat ons hoop WiePie koop nog beter spelertjies sodat ons daai Kerrie Kap kan wen, want die Bulle hulle is te bleddie goed! My se customers wag vir hulle tik, laat ek gaan....

  • lionsman - 2010-08-03 09:50

    dankie marius jonker, jy is seker in die geheim met n blou bul getroud, of hoe? die sharks het 13 jaar gewag vir die beker, die lions sal hom binne kort joburg toe bring

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